Month: February 2014

The Oscar Goes To…Photo Booth of the Stars!

Photo Booth of the Stars is ready for the 86th Academy Awards are this Sunday, March 2nd.  According to Oscars.org the first ceremony was held in 1929 at a private hotel banquet where 270 people attended.  The winners were announced ahead of time and it only cost $5 to enter the awards.  They have definitely came a long way today considering the swag bags alone are worth $80,000 in gifts.  But the real gift is taking home one of the highest achievements in film-making – the Oscar statuette.

What a gorgeous photo booth prop one of these bad boys would make!  Weighing in at 8 ½ pounds with a height of 13 1/2 inches we’ll take it!  For those of us that will not be in attendance at the actual awards show we can at least get in on the fun!  Host a pj’s and pearls Oscar viewing party like the girls over at the Lauren Conrad blog did for 85th Oscars. 

You can purchase their collection of elegant Oscars printable PDF files over at the blog which will add a pretty feminine touch to your pj party and get you in gear for the awards!  We all know it’s not a party unless there is a photo booth for you and your guests to cut loose and make some fun memories!

Get your Photo Booth Props ready for action!  We love this large movie clapper board but you can use anything Hollywood and movie related in your photo booth rental!

We found these fun movie prop printable PDF files on Etsy that will have you ready to strike a pose in the photo booth.  They will also personalize the director’s clapper and the “now showing” sign to your liking. 

One way to get everyone in on the Oscar buzz is to have a really fun game to hold everyone’s attention during the awards.  Try Bingo, the Oscar’s edition to play along with during all of the red carpet coverage, after all isn’t that the best part of the awards? 

Don’t forget about the swag bag for your guests to take home.  It may not be the $80,000 in gifts that the celebs get to take home this year but we can all dream can’t we?  Here’s what they receive thanks to The Stir:

  • $2,700 O-Shot procedure, which “rejuvenates and enhances the genital tissue of a woman.”
  • $16,000 for hair restoration surgery using ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant system
  • A two-day rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer luxury train, which includes an overnight stay in Vancouver, worth $6,850
  • $15,000 walking tour through non-touristy spots in Japan
  • $9,000 Best of Las Vegas trip, which includes a face-to-face meeting with Boyz II Men
  • $3,300 in resort stays at the Imanta resort in Ocean Casa
  • 5-night stay at the Koloa landing resort in Kauai, worth $2,000
  • 10 personal training sessions with Huntley Drive Fitness, worth $850
  • $59 of portion-conscious dinnerware from Slimware
  • $40 of weight loss products like Hydroxycut gummies, protein bars, and shakes
  • $2,560 Steamist Total Sense Home Spa System
  • $4,895 Krystal Klear Water’s house water filtration system
  • $7,706 in pet products, including a year’s supply of pet supplements and a $6,100 donation to the pet shelter of the celeb’s choice
  • $280 worth of organic maple syrup and an adoption certificate of a maple tree in Notre-Dame-Des-Bois
  • $95 worth of horse shampoo made for people
  • $120 in Mace pepper spray guns
  • $279 Narrative Clip automatic camera

 

Photo Credit: www.oscars.org, laurenconrad.com,  anytimecostumes.com, thepartyevent.files.wordpress.com, SecondCitySoiree.com

Author:  L. Fulton-EventsbyL

Non-Alcoholic Alternatives For Your Wedding or Event

 

Since not everyone drinks alcohol and some guests at events may not be of age to drink liquor, having some well-though non-alcoholic alternatives are always a good idea to consider.  Looking back at your photo booth images some of you may have wished that you had thought of this at your wedding or other event when that certain guest was a little over served and made a bit of a spectacle.  For all of you summer brides having a non-alcoholic option available could be a genius decision.  Considering we all know how festive guests can get when the high temperatures of summer are combined with alcohol consumption this may be something you are interested in.

If you are hosting an event where you know there will be non-alcoholic consumers present they will feel very appreciative to have a substitute besides cranberry juice, or diet coke to sip on throughout the event.  We came across some photo booth worthy cordials and mocktails that would be a snap to whip up at your wedding, corporate event, or even for fun this weekend!  For those of you unfamiliar with mocktails and cordials we put together a little 411.

Bartending 101:

Cordial – another word for liqueur.  It originally came from the Latin word “cor” which meant “heart”.  The word liqueur came from the Latin word that meant “melt” or dissolve.  It is more common in the US to use the word cordial.  It is more common in Europe to use the word liqueur.

Cordials are made by using the flavors of various fruits, herbs, spices and plants. Those flavors are then infused with a spirit such as cognac or whiskey. Crème cordials just mean that they have a higher sugar content than regular cordials.  (via www.examiner.com)

Mocktail – a nonalcoholic drink consisting of a mixture of fruit juices or other soft drinks. (Via google.com)

Gotta love our Photo Booth rentals Bartending 101! J

 

Source:http://simplecocktailrecipes.blogspot.com

A great alternative drink for toasts are this simple Atomic Cat.  All you need is equal parts orange juice and tonic water.  We found this recipe on Rob Allen’s hubpages along with a lot of great other ones.

 

Who doesn’t enjoy a Bloody Mary?  Here is are the ingredients for this yummy Virgin Mary Mocktail.  You can get the entire recipe on Rob Allen’s hub.

You need:

  • 4 oz Tomato juice
  • Dash of Lemon juice
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 drops Tabasco sauce
  • Salt
  • Celery stalk for garnish
  • Pickle garnish for garnish (optional)

We can’t think of anything more refreshing to sip on in between your photo booth poses than a nice minty fresh mojito.  Having a virgin Mojito on the menu would be a niche little touch for the non-drinkers at the party and will certainly be something unexpected for them.  It’s also a drink well known by bartenders and the ingredients will be readily available at the bar.  Here’s the recipe once again via Rob Allen

You need:

  • 1 1/2 oz Club soda
  • 3 fresh Mint sprigs
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 3 tbsp fresh Lemon juice

Delight into the minty taste of Cuba minus the kick of the white rum by simply muddling the sugar, mint leaves and a little club soda into a highball glass. Add the 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 1/2 oz Club soda and drop lime wedges, 3 dashes Angostura bitters and ice cubes. Mix your non-alcoholic Mojito using a customized stirrer and garnish with mint sprigs. Indeed, you have the heaven called Havana in those simple steps.

We think these recipes will all need a little quality assurance this weekend!

Photo Credit:  1 – Oceanmagazine  2- Foodhandlingsafety  All other photos via Rob Allen.

Author:  L. Fulton-Events by L 

 

 

5 Ways to Relax In 5 Minutes Or Less

You know the feeling when you are trying to decide on your venue, photographer, dj, please mom and dad, stay within your company budget, and late for your next conference call.  It is so easy to get overwhelmed on a typical day, but especially when you are trying to put together a soiree.  The stress can be quite a burden. 

An escape is sounding like the perfect solution however it is not the best time to take off to the beach house for a blissful getaway.  No problem!  There are so many ways to relieve the stress that goes into planning and it can be done in five minute or less.

  1.  Ever wonder why tea is so popular across the pond?  Green tea contains L-Theanin which is a chemical that relieves anger.  I think we all need a lot more green tea!  Now, contrary to many Chicago-ans beliefs spring will be here one day so if you are in search for a way to enjoy green tea aside from the traditional hot brew we found a green tea smoothie recipe for you to try out.

Here is the recipe via Fitness Republic:

Ingredients:

Avocados, raw1 avocado, NS as to Florida or California
Seedless grapes, raw3 cup
Spinach, raw1 ½ package 10 oz
Honey? tbsp
Green Tea3 tea bag

 

Preparation method

  1. Make 1.5 cups green tea with the help of tea bags. Blend spinach, avocado, grapes, tea and honey in a blender until smooth.
  2. Serve Green Tea Smoothie Recipe at once.

 

Number 1 includes stress reliever number 2 which is Honey!

2.  Pour a little sugar on it Honey!

Honey is a natural skin moisturizer, antibiotic, and also reduces inflammation in the brain which is the key player in depression in anxiety.  Sounds pretty sweet right?

3.  Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Ever hear of it?  This is a technique for stress management and reduction that can be greatly appreciated by any individual and especially if you are in the midst of planning a lavish event whether it be a wedding, corporate function, facilitating a prom, or a fundraiser.

According to the American Medical Student Association “Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that involves tensing specific muscle groups and then relaxing them to create awareness of tension and relaxation. It is termed progressive because it proceeds through all major muscle groups, relaxing them one at a time, and eventually leads to total muscle relaxation.”

You can get the entire step-by-step guide to walk you through the process HERE

4.  Get organized.

Clutter can be a contributing factor to stress so take some time to organize your surroundings.  You will feel so much better knowing all of your vendor contracts are neatly put away and will know exactly where to find them when you need them.  There is an overwhelming amount of paperwork involved when planning an event or wedding so do yourself a favor and keep everything organized from the start.

5.  Dance!

Put on your favorite song and cut a rug.  Just listening to music you love can cure a bad mood and dancing gets the body moving which helps relieve the aches and pains in muscles.  Dancing of course gets blood pumping and your heart racing which releases hormones and endorphins that will energize you and create a happy body and mind!

 

Photo Credit:  Beach-  dontcallmebetty  Smoothie- Fitness Republic  Honey- DeliciousHealing.com  Organized- ashpfoundation.org  Dance- heykiki.com

Author:  L. Fulton-EventsbyL

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4 Reasons To Celebrate This Month!

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Truth be told, Photo Booth of the Stars is all about celebrating and what deserves a celebration more than a holiday?  We thought it would be really fun to look into all of the different February holidays and special day’s that are worth celebrating there are in February! 

It’s pretty astonishing how many different possibilities there are for festivities and it really proves that where there is a will there truly is a way to have a party, celebration, or in this case holiday!

Here are some interesting holidays and special days that we came across for February.  For starters on one site we came across stated that February 13th was singles awareness day, while another one claimed it was Madly in Love with Me Day.  For you grooms and brides-to-be out there, you may not be familiar with this holiday but according to Giftypedia.com here is the info:

About the Holiday

It’s probably not a coincidence this holiday is the day before Valentine’s Day. This is a day to teach people (particularly women) the importance of loving and knowing yourself. It’s a day to reflect oneself and self-care. If you really love yourself you’ll most likely avoid bad relationships and bad habits. Madly in Love with Me Day was founded by author Christine Arylo writer of “Choosing Me Before We”.

So there you have it.  Just a quick disclaimer, at Photo Booth of the Stars every day is Photo booth awareness day so be sure to contact us if you have any questions regarding the holiday and how to celebrate it.

Also, in case you were not aware today is National Battery day!  Which according to Giftypedia.com:

About the Holiday

Celebrate National Battery Day by honoring the birth of the electric battery’s inventor, Count Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist who was born on this day in 1745. Yes, it’s not much of a holiday, but we thought you’d get a little charge out of this one!

 

Finally, here’s a holiday we can all enjoy!  On February 22nd open that Bottle Night – sounds good to us and giftypedia.com claims:

 About the Holiday

This is the night that gives you the excuse to open that bottle you’ve been saving for that special occasion that never seems to happen. This holiday was invented by husband and wife team Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, writers for the wine column in the Wall Street Journal. So open that bottle that’s been sitting there for years and enjoy it tonight.

For all of the newly engaged couples and newlyweds out there that have been saving that bottle for that oh so special occasion, well here you have it.  It’s a HOLIDAY!  GO for it.  Also for those of you who have an engagement party for someone near and dear on the horizon a bottle of expensive wine or liquor of the couple’s choice is always a wonderful gift.  It’ something they can share together and once they pop it open will think of the wonderful people or persons that gave them this spectacular gift they are toasting their love over.

We will leave off with Public Sleeping Day February 28th

About the Holiday

Public Sleeping Day celebrates the simple joy of taking a nap wherever the mood hits — park bench, movies, airplane, subway, etc. Depending on your boss or teacher, work or school may be an option; though, do this at your own risk. If you get creative with some sunglasses and a good neck pillow, you may be able to pull this off without anyone noticing. 😉

You can thank us later!  Let us know how this last one ends up for you and please, let one of our beloved photographers be nearby to capture a shot of it!  We will keep you posted on what you should be honoring next month as well.

Cheers

 

Author:  L. Fulton-EventsbyL

Photo Credit: Hearts – Sita’s Yoga Blog

Beach Party – Love This Pic

Champagne – Bing Images

Pup – Bing Images

Happy Valentine’s Day From Photo Booth of the Stars!

 

Photo Booth of the Stars is giving you the Valentine’s Day love today!  According to Google:

“Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.”

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So in honor of Valentine’s Day we are sharing cards, gifts, and inspirations with our special Valentine at the Photo Booth of the Stars… YOU of course!  Rather than making thousands of gifts, cards, and candies that we can give to all of our friends, family, loved ones, clients, and fans, we decided  we’ll save a little time and scour the trusty old web for some amazing valentine’s day finds.

As always we were not disappointed and really had a hard time narrowing down what we would share.  As you would imagine we love us a good photo booth backdrop for your photo booth rental and this one is super cute and was made out of pushing napkins into a chicken wire frame.  How cute and easy to make yourself.

So simple to make too! Here’s what you need:

• chicken wire (4ft by 6ft)
• spray paint
• hammer
• nails
• napkins
• staple gun

How to make it:

• start by spray painting your 3 pieces of wood and your chicken wire. you will only need to paint one side since the backdrop is meant to lean against a wall.

 

• next, lay down 2 of your long pieces of wood parallel to each other, then lay the 3rd over top, like you’re make the top of a square. Nail the top piece to the top of the other two pieces to create the brace for your backdrop.

 

Then in a nutshell stretch the chicken wire, staple to the wood, and create your heart outline.

You can see the full tutorial at Design Love Fest.

 

Photo Booth Valentines are so adorable and a huge hit at the school Valentine’s Day Parties we have had the pleasure of attending so far this week!   Isn’t the one above adorable?  The kiddos really get into it and are so excited to show their parent’s when they are getting picked up.  Love the love!

Now bring on the sweets.  Valentine ’s Day without chocolates would be like a wedding without a photo booth.  It just shouldn’t happen!  Only the best at Photo Booth to the Stars so we would like to share with you Chocopologie.  At $2,670 per pound this single dark chocolate truffle would set us back two hundred and fifty dollars.  This little jewel has a real black French truffle inside of it.  Yum!

Doesn’t it look DIVINE!!!!  You might want to get a move on as these must be ordered and we are guessing they may be sold out this time of year, but if not please do not hesitate to send a little love our way!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day from Photo Booth of the Stars!

 

 

DIY Heart Chicken Wire Photos by: brittany wood

Photo Booth Valentine’s Day Card by:  Rage Against The Mini Van

Chocolate Truffle by:  Rare Delights Magazine

Newlyweds Stolen Memories – Photo Booth To The Rescue!

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There are endless opportunities for things to go wrong during an event.  But could you imagine having the misfortune of finding out that the photographer you used for your wedding had their camera, or SD card that housed all of your images on it stolen from them?  All of your images documenting one of the biggest days of your life are gone?

That is pretty unfathomable but this young bride and groom received this horrible news when they discovered that their photographer had the SD card in her purse holing all of the couples images on it when her purse was stolen.  Luckily they had a photo booth rental at their reception so they are blessed to have pictures of all of their guests enjoying themselves as well as a few shots that the photographer had taken prior to the ceremony.

It’s really terribly for the couple and they have since went on Fox 9 news to make a plea to try and get the SD card back.  So far there have been no updates on this story but we will be keeping an eye out in hopes that this will have a happy ending.

Justin and Erin Voss both agree that they still have their memories of the Big Day but they have to be sincerely disappointed that this had happened to them and out of the possibilities that could have gone wrong this was certainly not one that had crossed their mind.  If not for the photo booth at their wedding reception they would have no images of their guests and bridal party.

Photo Credit: A Sweet Vintage Wedding in Pittsburgh, PA

The photographer has learned a hard lesson and suggests other photographers keep the SD cards near to them at all times, and do not take them around with you to avoid this mishap from happening to you and your clients.  For other couples planning their wedding day be sure to ask your photographer how soon your images will be backed up as well as including your photo booth rental.

While this is not the only and probably won’t be the last story of similar situations here are a couple suggestions for new photographers to help avoid equipment from being stolen when shooting a wedding at a public location.

-Carry your equipment whenever possible and travel light.

During a wedding the bride and groom are the main focus of the day.  Guests are not keeping an eye on you and your belongings so it could be rather easy for a crook to swoop in and take off with your gear without even being noticed.  Not to mention guests at weddings do not all typically know one another so a thief could just blend right in with the crowd without a problem.

-If you do have to put down your bag, ask a friendly guest if you can put it next to them.

Determine what spots you will likely be standing at during the ceremony to capture the beautiful wedding shots and ask a guest seated nearby if it is ok to leave your gear there as to not disturb the ceremony.  Guests typically happily agree and will feel helpful.

-Suggest a photo booth for the reception.

Read the FOX 9 Story HERE.

 

It’s DIY party time!

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Yes, the weekend is finally here!  If you are in the Chicago area you are probably having a bit of cabin fever from this snowy weather we have been having!  It’s the perfect time to stay inside and have a DIY party!  Call over some friends and tell them to come over for some DIY fun and some snacks.  Each guest can bring a DIY of their choice that they are wanted to do along with the supplies needed to create it.  Sounds like fun to the Photo booth to the Stars!

 

Here are some really cool DIY’s that we have come across that will hopefully inspire you!

 

Kelli Murray

 

First up on the list are these gilded clay feathers that would look amazing in your photo booth as well as hung on trees, create a mobile, chandelier, garland, or as a place setting.
All you need to create them is some sculpey oven bake clay in white, a gold leafing pen, rolling pin, sculpting tools, and some gold thread.

 

Then you just roll out the clay and cut your feathers with the sculpting tools, bake them, let them cool while you move on to the next diy, and then once they are cool use the gold leaf pen to work your majic.  Wonder if you could also use the ever-growing popular gold sharpies to create the same effect if you have it on hand?  To see the whole tutorial you can head over to 100 Layer Cake.

 

Shauna Mailloux

 

Check out these DIY party lights we found that are made out of using coffee filters!  What a great idea and totally green as well since all you need is strands of Christmas lights, that you most likely know right where they are stored since it wasn’t too long ago that you stashed them back away.  Now for the coffee filters you just dip them into food coloring or watercolor so they can be customized to match any color scheme.  Love that!

 

You can find the entire tutorial at Celebrations.com by clicking HERE.

 

Coryanne Ettiene

 

These cork coasters will get you in the mood for spring.  Even if it seems like it is never going to get here, it is on the way…we think?  This is a fun DIY that everyone can do.  All you need are 4 cork coasters that you can find at your local craft store, a bottle of spray paint, a foam brush, crafting paint and a stamp kit.  You could also use a stencil instead of the stamp if you have it on hand.  Get creative here people, it’s a DIY party after all!

You can see the entire tutorial for the coasters makeover here at Celebrations.com.

 

Macey Foronda

 

Now we all know there is no such thing as a party with out food so we have to include some DIY food ideas.  Now obviously whatever you choose to include in your menu at your DIY party is up to you, but it’s always nice to send guests off with a favor!  We found this list of 25-diy-food-gifts-in-a-jar ideas from buzzfeed.com that we hope you will enjoy and pick one or all to make at your party.  You can see all 25 ideas HERE.

 

We thought it would be a nice treat to make enough for everyone to take home a few of these diy food jars so that your guests can gift the additional items to someone they love.  Valentines Day is right around the corner so keep that in mind and you’ll be prepared!

 

Have a safe and happy weekend from the Photo Booth to the Stars team!

 

Happy DIY-ing!

All-Time Best Photobombs!

Surely by now you have all heard the term phtobomb!  We have come across our fair share of them in our photo booths.  But, in case you haven’t yet figured out what exactly it means to photobomb or be photobombed, here is the Wikipedia meaning for you:

Photobombing is the act of inserting oneself into the field of view of a photograph, often in order to play a practical joke on the photographer or the subjects.[1] Photobombing has received significant coverage since 2009.[2] In discussing a “stingray photobomb” picture that went viral, Andrea DenHoed suggests that the photobomb label “implies a narrative of surreptitious sabotage,”[2] although in the sense of unintended and/or initially unnoticed people in the background of spoiled photographs, photobombs have existed for much of the history of photography.

Photobombing has been known to get global exposure, mainly due to the bandwidth and ease of dissemination afforded by the Internet, and the abundance of snapshots by smartphone cameras and other hand-held devices. A number of websites include sections on them, or are entirely devoted to photobombs.

A related term is videobombing, which applies the concept to video footage instead of a still photograph.

 

So now that we all know what exactly a photobomb is we thought we would have a little Wedding Wednesday fun and share some of the all-time best wedding photobombs via The Huffington Post.

 

 

We’ll kick it off with this “Where’s Waldo” rendition?  Thank goodness for that handy little crop feature to get rid of him!

 

 

How funny it would be to be sorting through the endless amounts of photographs the photographers took of your wedding day and come across this one.  Ha!

 

 

Would you be furious if this happened to you or would it be funny?  Hard to tell.

 

 

Awe.  This little cutie clearly steals the show at this couples wedding.  He’s adorable!

 

 

Oops. I bet those kids got a nice earful on the way home from this wedding.

 

 

What an amazing memory this couple received!

 

 

Can you spot the cute little photo-bombing critter?

 

 

It looks like the lama wanted to get in on the action of this barnyard wedding.

 

 

Looks like someone is not a happy camper in this crowd!  Hilarious!

 

 

There sure are a lot of opportunities to be photobombed when having a barnyard wedding.  We came across a number of photos with cats, geese, dogs, and many other animals photobombing.  It sure does make for great conversation when showing off your lovely photos.

 

 

 

 

Time out for the runner coming our way!

 

 

Someone needs to get this guy some coffee and pronto!

 

 

You would think the lady in green photobombing was being asked to be married as well.  Her face is priceless!

 

You can check out the entire slideshow of 46 all time best wedding photobombs on The Huffington Post HERE.

 

We hope you enjoyed these funny pictures!  Do you have any funny photobombed pictures that have happened to you?  Whether in your photo booth rental, or taken by someone else?  Feel free to share it with us so we can laugh about it with you!

 

 

Photo Credit via The Huffington Post article written by Stefania Sainato for Bridal Guide